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Christ Brings True Consolation, Pope Francis Says (768)

Too many people today have a false consolation through power, money and other worldly excesses, the Holy Father said Dec. 7.

12/08/2014 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked that, during Advent, the faithful prepare for the Lord’s coming by being open to God’s consolation, which we must receive personally before giving to others.

“It is he who brings us to the source of every true consolation, that is, to the Father. And this is conversion. Please, let yourselves be consoled by the Lord. Let yourselves be consoled by the Lord,” the Pope told those present in St. Peter’s Square for his Dec. 7 Angelus address.

He referred to the day’s first reading, taken from the Book of Isaiah, in which the prophet offers the people a message of mercy, consolation and hope.

When Isaiah tells the people, “Comfort, give comfort to my people,...READ MORE

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Popularity of Latin Liturgy Is Not 'Unfortunate', A.D. TV Trailer on NBC, CCHD and More! (2675)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2014 Comment

Click on Popularity of Latin Liturgy Is Not “Unfortunate” by Susanna Spencer of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

Popularity of Latin Liturgy Is Not 'Unfortunate' by Susanna Spencer of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Pakistani Christians Persecuted Even in Death - Kamran Chaudhry, OSV Newsweekly

A.D. Television Trailer, On NBC - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Richard Dawkins: Incoherency, Hypocrisy, and Bigotry – Scott Ventureyra, Crisis Magazine

No More Money for the CCHD - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Gadgets, Distractions and the Art of Presence – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

The Suffering Question – Patty Hubbard, Ignitum Today

Eucharistic Symbolism in the Hunger Games – Dusty Gates, Crisis Magazine

Win Books and a Kindle: Epic Holiday Giveaway – Epic Pew

Pre and Post-Conciliar...READ MORE

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Asia Bibi's Final Plea to Avoid the Gallows, 18 Epic Advent Calendars, Pope Francis and More! (1300)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/06/2014 Comment

Click on Asia Bibi’s Final Plea to Avoid the Gallows via Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Asia Bibi’s Final Plea to Avoid the Gallows via Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Believes the European Project Has Gone Badly Wrong - Nigel Farage, Catholic Herald

18 Epic Advent Calendars – Jessica McAfee, Epic Pew

Pope Francis: Time to Revive Europe’s Christianity – Greg Daly, Aleteia∝

From the Realms of Glory – Erin Cain, Ignitum Today

Children of Saint Gianna Scheduled to Attend Family Conference in Philadelphia – Eric Banecker, OSV Newsweekly

Advent: What Are We Waiting For? – Amanda Hupka, Catholic Exchange

Pregnant? 12 Medical Decisions You Need to Make – Kathleen Berchelmann MD, Aleteia∝

Win Books and a Kindle: Epic Holiday Giveaway – Epic Pew

This Is the Generation...READ MORE

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‘Picturing Mary’ (3185)

Washington exhibit invites prayer, contemplation and awe.

12/05/2014 Comments (1)

MARY AND JESUS. Elisabetta Sirani, Virgin and Child, 1663; oil on canvas, 34 × 27 1/2 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

The exhibit Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea brings together an extraordinary collection of paintings, reliefs, chasubles, statues and sketches, all of which reveal to the world the beauty that is Mary. 

Starting Dec. 5 and running through April 12, 2015, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington hosts a treasure trove of images of the Virgin Mary by Renaissance and Baroque artists. The art was gathered from the Vatican, the Musee du Louvre, Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti and other private and public collections.

It is a remarkable assortment of beautiful sacred art.

 The exhibit is organized into six rooms, reflecting the various themes developed in the process of...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Honors St. Edmund Campion During U.K. Trip (1340)

Baltimore’s archbishop says the 16th-century Jesuit's martyrdom is an important witness for the Catholics of today.

12/05/2014 Comments (3)

St. Edmund Campion

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STONYHURST, England — In 1581, St. Edmund Campion, an English Jesuit,  was convicted of treason and subjected to a brutal death sentence, yet his enduring power to inspire courage under fire affirms the fruitful legacy of Catholic martyrs, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

Archbishop Lori celebrated the courageous example of the English convert and martyr during a “Campion Day” Mass at Stonyhurst College, a British Jesuit school, during a visit this week to the United Kingdom.

St. Edmund Campion, “without exaggeration, was one of the greatest heroes in the history of the Church,” said the Baltimore archbishop, who noted that the saint turned his back on a brilliant career and...READ MORE

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Author, Cardinals Differ Over Claim of Conclave Campaigning (1823)

Austin Ivereigh’s new book The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope states that four cardinals promoted Pope Francis’ candidacy.

12/05/2014 Comments (7)

VATICAN CITY — The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again, now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s claim that they campaigned for Pope Francis to be elected — though the book’s author has clarified the Pope himself was not a part of their supposed campaign.

The London-based Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, in his new book The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, contends that a group of cardinals on what he bills as “Team Bergoglio” worked during the last conclave to promote the election of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as pope.

According to Ivereigh, Cardinals Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Walter Kasper, Gottfried...READ MORE

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Protect Us, Beleaguered Nigerian Archbishop Pleads as Elections Loom (992)

The country’s presidential and national elections will take place on Feb. 14, while elections for the governorship and State House of Assembly are set for Feb. 28.

12/05/2014 Comment
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St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria, after being vandalized.

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ROME — As Nigeria’s general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people’s safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence.

“This is a time in Nigeria that calls for genuine, authentic patriotism, because the attacks seem to be ongoing and destruction, and displacement seems to be becoming a regular phenomenon,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama told CNA Nov. 22.

“We are hoping that Nigerians who care for the good and the profit of Nigeria will do everything possible by transcending narrow political interests in order to genuinely seek solutions to end the phenomenon of Boko Haram.”

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Cardinal Ratzinger’s Retraction: The Fruit of Theological Maturation (3451)

Pope Emeritus Benedict showed wisdom and humility when he retracted his statement in favor of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics.

12/05/2014 Comments (11)
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– CNA file photo

VATICAN CITY — News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI’s collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did.

But thanks to Sandro Magister and his translator, Matthew Sherry, the full text of his “Retractatio” is now available in English.

As CNA reported Nov. 25, Joseph Ratzinger published an essay in 1972, while a priest of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, which argued for access, under certain limited conditions, to Communion for the divorced and remarried. This line of argument was taken up in a 1977 book by Walter Kasper, who was then...READ MORE

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